The TC Arts Council will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving on

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We will re-Open on Friday, November 27 from 3pm – 8 pm

for the Thanksgiving Gallery Walk.



Brevard’s Thanksgiving Gallery Walk 

Friday, November 27

5 pm – 8 pm

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Do you have a house full of guests? Looking for things to do? Be sure to get out and explore the art galleries and art locales featured on the Brevard Thanksgiving Gallery Walk on Friday, November 27 from 5 – 8 pm. This is a great time to start or finish your Holiday shopping.

  • Hop on board the Oskar Blues Trolley, which will run from 6 pm – 8 pm with stops at the Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery/Brevard Lumberyard Arts District and the TC Arts Council Gallery.  The trolley does continuous loops from 6 pm – 8 pm.


  • Red Wolf Gallery is pleased to present a new artist for the November 27 Gallery Walk. The featured artist this month is Van Martin with his impressive landscapes. Stop by and explore Martin and many other artists’ works.


  • Number 7 Arts Gallery will feature the work of three of its members: Lewis Bishop (pastel), Sonia Arnold (jewelry) and Joe Bruneau (baskets). Number 7 Arts represents 23 artist/members from Transylvania County and the surrounding communities.


  • The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a reception for their newest exhibit “In the Belly of the Clouds.”  This art show features the photography of R. K. Young, the paintings of Julie Bowland and the wood turning of Peter B. Mockridge.


  • Also at the TC Arts Gallery stop by and support Rosman High School senior Cassidy Knye. She is practicing the art of graffiti and various other are forms for her Senior Project.  Her purpose for this project, titled “Arts for the Arts,” is to not only improve her art skills, but also raise money for the theater program at Rosman High School. Knye will have her work on display and for sale during the gallery walk.


  • Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques invites the public to stop by and see the new line of wearable stones by emmanyb, new florals by Cecel Allee, and paintings by new artist, Jay Burriss.
  • Just a  block away from Trade-Arama, across from City Hall, by sure to stop in and and explore the Drew Deane Gallery.


  • The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is featuring the work of Artsi Glass, Rachel S. Rogers and John F. Peil, and will serve light refreshments. Open until 7 pm, the Visitor Center is a great place to park for the evening, hop on the trolley, and explore downtown.


  • Main Street Ltd. will host a free wine tasting from 5-7 pm featuring great holiday wines. They will also be serving refreshments and will offer special discounts on wine.


  • The Hollingsworth Gallery will host artist Deborah Johnson Kidwell. Her works are original soft pastel on marble dust sanded paper. The show is entitled “Four and Twenty…Birds and Bird’s nest”. Kidwell teaches Pastel and Drawing classes at the TC Arts Council.


  • Hunters and Gatherers will be open for “Black Friday” all day November 27 from 8 am – 9 pm. For gallery walk they will feature music by Blake Ellege and they will serve Holiday Specialty Drinks. They have gifts for everyone and every budget:  candles, dog socks, t-shirts, booze dispensers, jewelry and more!  Black Friday will be loaded with fun and music.


  • Local Color invites you to come in and see new work from their wonderful artists & crafters. Cool weather items are back, including wet felted wool items by Daryl Hayes, felted wool knit hats by Patti Dutton, crochet hats by Ruth Ann Brewer and knit hats by Linda Shepherd. As usual, free hugs from Paul.


  • Broad Street Wines will be having music by Mike Sweet, and a tasting of wines from the Rhone Valley in France.


  • The White Squirrel Shoppe will be open late with great Holiday shopping and serving mimosas.


  • D. Bullwinkel’s features an eclectic mix of fun and useful goods for casual mountain living. Outdoor clothing, comfy footwear, handcrafted pottery and jewelry. They will be serving beer, wine and their famous pimento cheese, as featured in Southern Living.


  • Wine Down on Main will feature Brevard photographer Ashley Lowe. Lowe, a Brevard College graduate, recently was awarded the Regional Artist Grant from the NC Arts Council, TC Arts Council and the Arts Council of Henderson County.


  • THEOPHILUS will be hosting a 30% Double Up Sale. Buy appearal, shoes, jewelry, candles or body care and get 2nd like item at 30% off. All clearance items will be $25 or less during gallery walk.


  • Next door at Underground Salvage you can enjoy Oskar Blues beer tasting.


  • Visit The Haen Gallery in the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District to experience fabulous new work by French artist Philippe Roussel, Atlanta photographer Kathryn Kolb, and Charlotte painter Marlise Newman. Savor a glass of wine and a bit of dessert while you enjoy a wide array of stunning paintings, photographs, and sculptures by dozens of artists.


  • After gallery walk, stay in the Lumberyard Arts District for the Hometown Holiday Jam at 185 King Street.Mike & Mike Present: the 10th annual Hometown Holiday Jam featuring Steep Canyon’s Mike Guggino and Mike Ashworth; dynamic duo Leigh Glass & Corey Bullman, Isaac Wells, Derrick Gardner, Noel Felty, and surprise guests! This is not an intimate sit down show, this is an all out loud and funky dance party! There will be NO tables or chairs inside the venue so bring your dance shoes and come to boogie. For more information and tickets, visit com.


Due to the Holidays, the last Gallery Walk of the 2015 Season is scheduled for Friday, December 18.  Gallery Walks will resume in April 2016. For a guide to the Gallery Walks stop by any participating location or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on ART TOURS. For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787.  




“In the Belly of the Clouds”

Exhibit at TC Arts November 20 – December 18

Reception to Meet Artists: Friday, November 27 from 5 – 8 pm

Part of the Brevard Thanksgiving Gallery Walk

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has announced its next exhibit “In the Belly of the Clouds” which will be on display at the TC Arts Council Gallery from November 20 thru December 18. This exhibit will feature the photography of R. K. Young (Becky Young), the paintings of Julie Bowland and the woodturning of Peter B. Mockridge.  The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, November 27 as part of the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5 – 8 pm.

Brevard’s R. K. Young said of her photography, “Some things are too beautiful to be ignored. To me, creating a photograph is a way of acknowledging or respecting what I have seen. Some people would call this a mindful practice—for me, it stems from some social isolation as a child which gave me the opportunity to spend hours in the treehouse my dad built. I would sit there, sometimes with a sketch pad, and watch the birds. The work in this exhibit at TC Arts has not deviated far from work I have done previously—trying to honor a particular time, place or event. What has evolved is my desire to create more interrelated images—images that don’t purge all humanity from the context.”

Julie Bowland works at Valdosta State University as the Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery Director. Her paintings have been selected for solo exhibitions throughout FL, GA, and MI. She has been a featured artist in more than 45 invitational exhibits in NC, FL, GA and MI. Her paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including Buchanan Museum of Fine Art, Buchanan, Michigan; Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida; Valdosta State University Permanent Collection; City of Tallahassee Permanent Art Collection; Florida State College at Jacksonville Permanent Collection; First South Bank, Tallahassee, Florida; Barnett Bank, Jacksonville, Florida; Medical Office of Dr. Antoinette Patterson, Valdosta; Numerous private collections, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Utah, Arizona, and California.

Peter B. Mockridge of Brevard, will have his woodturning on display for this exhibit. Mockridge said, “My late father-in-law, Jack S. Dendy, introduced me to the nuances of wood some 50 years ago. He taught me to treasure the various American primary furniture woods, particularly walnut. Figure and color, density and hardness, attributes of wood about which I hadn’t a clue. In his view, wood needed no embellishment. John Rymer, of Highlands, NC, provided me with my first hands-on experience with a lathe, some dozen years ago. John also enjoyed wood in its natural state, eschewing dies, stains and inlays of non-cellulosic materials, preferring instead coatings that enhanced the wood’s intrinsic characteristics: quilting, burl, crotch grain, and chatoyance. From these mentors I learned that wood needed nothing more than a simple coat of varnish (or five!) to bring out the attributes that I especially appreciate. Hence, the name I have chosen for my small business: R & B (Round and Brown) Woodturning.  Most of the objects I create are considered to be faceplate turnings: that is, the rim or the bottom of the bowl or vessel is parallel to the pith line of the tree. Often during the course of turning I will reveal unexpected color, figure or voids that add character to the piece, and will alter the form to insure that these features are not lost as shavings!”

The Transylvania Community Arts Council Gallery is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

For more information on this exhibit or the TC Arts Council call 828.884.2787 or go to www.tcarts.org.





Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s 21st National Exhibit

August 16 – September 15, 2017

Traveling Exhibit to Open at the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC

Please submit a proposal with your qualifications to jury this prestigious exhibit by January 15, 2016. Three jurors will be chosen to select entries from digital images.

Please submit:

  1. needlework resume (stitching and judging experience)

  2. a statement of your judging philosophy (what you look for, assessing needlework as art)

  3. a statement of qualification for judging contemporary and traditional needleworkSubject line: EGA National Exhibit.

  4. Through the Needle’s Eye is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works, embracing both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form.

  5. e-mail complete proposals by January 15, 2016 to Patricia Goaley, embroideress@hotmail.com

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Look, See, Draw

Drawing Classes with Deborah Johnson Kidwell

Tuesday’s November 10 – December 15

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with local artist Deborah Johnson Kidwell to offer a drawing class called LOOK, SEE, DRAW. Mark making in black, white and shades of grey through careful observation and personal expression. This class will be offered on Tuesdays at the TC Arts Council from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. This is a six week class meeting on the following dates:  November 10, 17, 24 & December 1, 8, 15.  No experience required.

About the instructor: Deborah Johnson Kidwell grew up outside of Boston and was happily influenced by the Realism of Ives Gammel’s Boston School tradition and the wonderful area museums. She studied at DeCordova Museum School between High School and College and traveled to Europe as an art student. Kidwell received her BFA in painting from University of New Hampshire (drawing instruction with Sigmund Abeles). A pivotal experience was an Artist in Residence at a large geriatric mental health facility, where drawing became her own.  She takes joy in teaching children and adults to see and discover the artist within, teaching in a variety of settings since 1995.

Cost is $75 for the six class series, plus art supplies.  Classes are held at the Transylvania Community Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.  To reserve your spot in this class call TC Arts at 828.884.2787.


Brevard’s Thanksgiving Gallery Walk Friday, November 27 


Brevard’s Holiday Gallery Walk Friday, December 18


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Oskar Blues Trolley Runs 6 – 8 pm with stops at:

Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery & 185 King Street, and the TC Arts Council

Galleries & Art Spots Participating:

TC Arts Council, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Drew Deane Gallery, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, The Haen Gallery, Hollingsworth Gallery, The Gallery at 44,  Hunters & Gatherers,  Local Color, Gravy, Brevard Collective, and the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District Studios.


Retail – Business Supporters Participating: 

D. D. Bullwinkel’s, Main Street Ltd., Theophilus, White Squirrel Shoppe, Broad Street Wines, Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, Underground Salvage and Wine Down.


Music Venues Participating:

185 King Street & The Phoenix


Restaurants Participating:

The Falls Landing, The Square Root, Marco Trattoria, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, The Phoenix, Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop, and Quotations.






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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.